I need to contract. It brings in a reasonable amount of guaranteed money which I can rely on to cover my bills each month. However I'm beginning to feel seriously unwanted there. I know I left, I had my reasons, one of which was there was no work at the time and it seemed fair to all parties concerned. Yes I was also a little unhappy with the office politics and the way some people are treated there. But most of the people are nice people to work with and 2-3 days a week is bearable for me to dress smartly and go to work (that's my own problem, nothing to do with the office!).
However recently all I hear is one of the managers asking how much I'm costing them. Being told to accurately write down everything I do so the accountant can see where my time is being spent (how to say 'we don't trust you'). And being reminded constantly that I'm "just a contractor" and I'm apparently getting paid a lot more than everyone else in the office. Strange because I've worked it out pro rata if I was an employee, at the equivalent of approximately £24k which is an average wage for what I do. Trouble is these people don't think about various factors and just hear the hourly rate. I don't get paid 4 weeks holiday, I don't get paid sick pay (5 days average per year), and the company doesn't have to pay 12% employers NICs, suddenly there's around £5k that would be paid out otherwise that isn't because I'm a contractor.
Plus I work very hard there and constantly feel like I'm being watched. I've increased visitors to their web site and other work has saved time doing various tasks which increases productivity, equals a lot more than a measily £24k per year. I'm so on the edge with this subject that the next time it's mentioned I'm just gonna explode. I know I shouldn't and I bite my tongue constantly but how to make some feel unappreciated!